THOMAS HERMAN CLAIMS THE JR. PRO OVERALL TITLE AT THE 2020 MALIBU RIDER EXPERIENCE WEST

BOISE, ID (August 2, 2020) – The Malibu Rider Experience West brought together the region’s top amateurs, first-time competitors, and Jr. Pro riders for a weekend of fun on the water with host dealer Idaho Watersports at Broadside Harbor Ski Lakes in Caldwell, ID. The weekend kicked off with Freeride Friday giving competitors, families and friends the opportunity to focus on rider development and experience the endless wave of Malibu’s Surf Gate technology with their favorite Malibu Pro athletes. Saturday’s WWA Regional Championships West was not to be missed with every division showcasing inspiring spectacles of athletic ability.

“This weekend showed us exactly what the entire sport of wake is all about! We met some amazing new families, witnessed lots of progressive riding, and best of all had a blast wrapping up the Rider Experience series for this year,” commented WWA Executive Director Corrie Wilson. “This was a unique year for us, and we’re excited to have seen so many new faces amongst our core riders and families we look forward to seeing every year. Thank you to Malibu Boats, Idaho Watersports, Broadside Harbor, and all of our partners for making this series happen!”

The contagious similes from Freeride Friday set the pace for Saturday’s competition with nothing but cheers and laughter coming off of the starting dock as the competitors and their wake families bonded together to represent the West region at the WWA Wakeboard National Championships. Keeping his eyes on the prize Tanner Fredricks claimed the top spot in the Boys division throwing a H/S and T/S 540 for a first place score of 90.00.  In the Girls division Myla Colbert put together a diverse run to earn her first place finish and a score of 83.33. The Jr. Boys division saw Hudson Haynie take the win with a huge tantrum for a score of 95.00. 

Locking in his chance to represent the West region at this year’s National Championships, Nathan Gifford earned his first-place finish in the Jr. Boys Beginner division throwing shakas to the judges to take the heat with a score of 80.00. Matt Steele threw down some textbook grabs and 180s to take the top spot in the Veterans division with a final score of 86.67 ahead of Troy Gifford in second. Carving beautiful lines across the perfect wave behind the Malibu 23MXZ, Kelly Albin came out on top in the Women’s Wakesurf division yet again with a winning score of 81.67, followed by Marta Dinwiddie in second with 80.00 points. In the Men’s Wakesurf division, Nicholas Pardon took the win with a multiple airs to complete his winning run for a score of 73.33, just ahead of Zale Delis who finished second with a 63.33.

Intensity was at an all-time high in the Jr. Pro Men’s division with the overall title and prize money on the line. Thomas Herman brought it all together on the perfectly calm waters of Broadside Harbor with a H/S double backroll and a nose grab moby dick, taking the heat win and overall series title with a final score of 91.67 points. Noah Wildman followed close behind throwing a wrapped H/S B/S 720 and a skeezer 540 scoring 83.33, followed by Beaux Wildman who stuck a nuclear tantrum to blind in third with a score of 73.33.

For full results and more from the Malibu Rider Experience West all stops in the 2020 series be sure to check out the all-new WWA Rideline app available for FREE in the App and Google Play stores. Don’t miss a beat this season, dig in and get involved with this new app developed specifically for us, our global wake communitythewwa.com/rideline

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About The WWA

Developed for riders by riders, the World Wake Association stands as a global network of passionate representatives dedicated to the growth of wakesports. Since 1989 our mission and values remain true to the core of our community. Our position as the authority on competitive standards has been earned through consistent development; sanctioning and producing more than 12,500 worldwide events and counting. We are the only organization solely focused on the best interests of the sport, spearheading a collective movement on the journey to discover where wake takes you. The WWA owns and operates the WWA Wakeboard World Series, WWA Wake Park World Series, WWA Wakeboard National Championships, WWA Wake Park National Championships, WWA Wakeboard World Championships, WWA Wake Park World Championships, WWA Wake Park Triple Crown, WWA Pro Card and WWA Rider Experience. For more information on the World Wake Association, check out www.thewwa.com.